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Respite Care

Being an informal carer for a partner, relative or friend can be a rewarding but also challenging experience. Our Respite Service offers informal carers the opportunity to have a break from their caring role. This may include going on holiday or just taking some time for themselves to recharge.

What is Respite Care?

Respite Care optimises the wellbeing of the patient living with advanced illness through holistic, multi-disciplinary palliative care support.

Who is it for?

Respite care aims to support carers. An informal carer includes any person such as a family member, friend or neighbour who is giving regular on-going assistance to another person without payment for the care given. Being an informal carer can be distressing, tiring and may go on for long periods of time. This may be compounded by the fact that many carers have their own health issues or disabilities to cope with alongside their caring role.

Criteria for referral

• The patient is currently under the care of a clinical service at St Michael’s Hospice.

• The carer is identified as needing a break from their caring role

• Patients are currently in their home environment. Patients will not be admitted from hospital

• The patient is identified as needing a break from their care context

• The patient’s condition is medically and functionally stable

• There is a safe discharge plan in place.

For more information about Respite Care please call 01424 445177.